Brooklyn, NY’s Au Revoir Simone released their first album in four years, Move In Spectrums, on September 24th, 2013 on the newly revived Instant Records. Produced by Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht, Move In Spectrums is the follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed sophomore album Still Night, Still Light.
The three ladies of Au Revoir Simone have been busy since the release of Still Night, Still Light – Heather D’Angelo finished her environmental biology degree at Columbia University, Erika Forster released a gorgeous solo album under her name, Erika Spring, and Annie Hart toured with the likes of Uninhabitable Mansions and Pursesnatchers.
After four years, the band individually started writing again, collecting vintage keyboards again, focusing on the incredible power of sounds and sine waves again. Eventually, they shared their creations with each other; the result produced the sort of excitement and magical chemistry that has always marked the friendship between these three ladies. They started playing together again, with all level of sonic experimentation happening, until they realized they were actually making a record. What commenced after that was the most intense, collective songwriting of their lives, revising and revamping every keyboard and vocal line until each song had a certain luster that matched the intensity and sheen of the band’s own passions. The result is Move In Spectrums, an album that – like its title – creates different melodic textures and aural colors via the finest songs Au Revoir Simone have ever recorded. One listen to Move In Spectrums confirms what you already knew but didn’t know how to say – that you missed this band and you’re damn glad that they’re back. Rather than self-releasing in the U.S. as they had always done, the band decided to partner with newly revived record label Instant Records, spearheaded by music industry master Richard Gottehrer. Gottehrer, a legendary producer, songwriter, and record executive, named the label after his original production company from the 1970s, which saw him producing the likes of Blondie, the Go-Gos, Joan Armatrading, and many more. The Instant Records of 2013 focuses on bringing innovative female recording artists to the forefront of the music scene, and few artists fit that description as well as the women of Au Revoir Simone.